Menopause FAQs

How can I sleep better during menopause?

There are many natural and behavioral remedies for improving sleep during menopause.  Following good sleep hygiene can improve your sleep. A few ways that you can do this include, adhering to a regular sleep schedule and making your bedroom cool and dark. A soothing bedtime routine can also help you to sleep better. Taking a warm bath or drinking bedtime tea has been shown by studies to improve the sleep quality of menopausal patients. Regular exercise contributes to a better night’s sleep. Try exercising in the morning or outside if possible to give you an energy boost and to help your brain maintain regular circadian rhythms. Lastly, be mindful of what you eat and drink. Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and limit your overall intake during the day. Also, avoid alcohol and overly sugary or fatty foods that are bad for your health, hormones, and sleep.

Will I have insomnia during menopause?

Surveys indicate that women consider insomnia among the most irritating of menopausal symptoms. Hot flashes, another common menopausal symptom, can trigger insomnia because insomnia is due to the body’s inability to maintain a consistent temperature. A hot flash also includes a surge of adrenaline, which tends to awaken menopausal women when sleeping. Not every woman will experience insomnia during menopause, but studies show that severe sleep problems increase 2 to 3.5 times when women transition to menopause.

Can there be bone loss after menopause?

Yes. Estrogen levels decrease during and after menopause. Estrogen is what keeps your bones strong. When those levels fall, bones will get weaker. There are treatments and supplements you may take if you are experiencing bone loss. Call Dr. Hill today to schedule a menopause Youngstown, Ohio appointment.

What is premature menopause?

Premature menopause can start in your late 30’s. It is defined as menopause beginning before the age of 40. This is either natural, or induced menopause. This can increase the risk of osteoporosis later in life.

At what point during menopause is it safe to stop using birth control?

If you are taking birth control, continue using your birth control method for a year after your final period. Be sure to consult with OB/GYN Rodney E. Hill and Nurse Practitioner Cynthia Daniels in Youngstown, OH prior to taking yourself off birth control during menopause.

What are some symptoms of menopause?

It is common for women going through menopause to experience a variety of symptoms. Some symptoms of menopause include anxiety, dry skin, irritability, moodiness, reduced sex drive and vaginal dryness. There are other symptoms of menopause, such as pain during sexual intercourse, fatigue, night sweats, osteoporosis, hot flashes or sweating, early awakening or insomnia, absence of menstruation or irregular menstruation, dry hair or loss of scalp hair.

What is menopause?

Menopause is defined as the end of the reproductive phase of a woman’s life. This happens when the ovaries no longer produce eggs and she has her last menstrual cycle. The ovaries produce less estrogen, causing changes in the menstrual cycle and other physical changes.

Should I take replacement hormones to treat menopause?

Hormone therapy may be used to treat menopause symptoms and prevent or at least postpone some of the consequences of a lack of estrogen. OB/GYN Rodney E. Hill and Nurse Practitioner Cynthia Daniels in Youngstown, Ohio work individually with each patient to determine the most effective menopause Youngstown, Ohio treatment, which may or may not include hormone therapy.

At what age does menopause start?

There is an age range for menopause. Premature menopause can start in your late 30’s, or menopause can begin as late as your 60’s.

The average age for beginning menopause is 52. For many women, menopause starts in the late 40’s to mid-50’s.

Most people think menopause is a long process, however, it actually occurs once a woman has gone 12 months without any menstrual bleeding. After that, a woman is considered to be post-menopausal, though that does not necessarily mean the menopause symptoms are over!

What are other menopause symptoms besides hot flashes?

Menopause symptoms besides hot flashes include:

  • Weight gain
  • Cravings
  • Irregular periods
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Lower libido
  • Hair loss
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia

Is it normal to have hot flashes during menopause? Can the intensity vary?

While hot flashes (or flushes) are very common among perimenopause and menopause symptoms, not all women experience them. And yes, hot flashes can vary in their intensity: they can be as mild as a light blush or severe enough to wake you from a sound sleep and cause perspiration (called night sweats). Most hot flashes last 30 seconds to five minutes, and usually disappear within a few years after menopause. In some women, however, hot flashes can continue for decades.

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